noun \ˈsa-rə-sən\

Definition of SARACEN

:  a member of a nomadic people of the deserts between Syria and Arabia; broadly :  arab
Saracen adjective
Sar·a·cen·ic \ˌsa-rə-ˈse-nik\ adjective

Origin of SARACEN

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin Saracenus, from Late Greek Sarakēnos
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SARACEN


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In the Middle Ages, any person—Arab, Turk, or other—who professed the religion of Islam. The name spread into western Europe through the Byzantines and the Crusaders. It was also applied to nomadic people of the deserts between Syria and Arabia.


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